Nikon Rumors has been reporting on a new FX 18-35mm AF-S lens they expect to be announced in a matter of days. Wouldn't you know I just picked up a 20mm AF D!
I wonder where the price is going to land? No VR, variable aperture, no Nano coating. Looking like it may come in at a budget price. Not that we should expect it to be any slacker in performance, the humble 18-55mm VR set a great standard for Nikon's recent budget lenses.
Should be a big hit with new D600 owners especially those that didn't opt for the 24-85mm kit lens. I'm tempted but I'm going to see how my 20mm f2.8 works out first.
I guess we'll have to wait and see, I certainly think there are more important lenses to be updated... ie 300/4 and the 80-400mm
It will need to be priced accordingly, with the 16-35mm just north of $1000, it will probably need to be in the $700 range which would make it an attractive option for those wanting a less expensive UWA lens.
I have the existing 18-35 f3.5-3.5 ED which I purchased years ago to use with my F-100. I used it quite a bit when I had my D-70 but have only used it occasionally since then. I have always liked this lens even though it has received both positive and negative reviews. Maybe I should now take it off of the shelve and start using again - it would be a good lightweight addition to the travel kit for my D-600.
Given I have the existing 18-35 I am not interested in upgrading the the new lens - if in fact it is released
If the rumor is accurate, this new lens will have 2 ED elements and 3 aspherical ones, compared to one of each in the older design, while having one additional element total and the same number of groups. I infer from this limited information we can expect better corner (and center) and CA performance. Naturally, we won't know for sure until samples are available.
I find it hard to believe this wouldn't include VR.
I'm not sure why I would want one since I have a 16-35 f/4 other than the obvious smaller size and weight. But let's see what it looks like.
>I find it hard to believe this wouldn't include VR. > >I'm not sure why I would want one since I have a 16-35 f/4 >other than the obvious smaller size and weight. But let's see >what it looks like. >
Yes - the lack of VR is curious. Omitting it keeps weight and cost down and its utility for wide angles is sometimes questioned anyway.
Having said that, if Nikon put VR into the 18-55mm DX kit lens which is: extremely light, inexpensive and at least approaches WA, then that rationale goes partly out the window. VR is an attractive feature influencing purchasing choices - why would I get the new version over the older model? ED/aspherical glass doesn't quite have the same in-store seductive power of VR.
This lens has to be aimed squarely at the enthusiast new-D600 owner for whom the 16-35 f4 & 14-24 f2.8 are just too much glass & too much $.
>Yes - the lack of VR is curious. Omitting it keeps weight and >cost down and its utility for wide angles is sometimes >questioned anyway.
If the VR in the 16-35/4 makes sense, it would also make sense in this lens -- to me, anyway. And it doesn't seem as though Nikon is bringing out new zooms without VR these days. I can't think of a single zoom released within the last couple of years that doesn't have VR. As you point out, it's in the later 18-55 DX lens, which is <$200, so cost shouldn't be that much of a factor.
But you can go broke betting on what Nikon will do, so I won't.
>I can't think of a single zoom released within the last couple >of years that doesn't have VR.
I think the last one would be the 10-24mm DX Nikkor, in 2009. That is the DX equivalent of this rumoured new lens, so at least Nikon appears to be consistent in deciding which types of lens don't warrant VR
It's funny, but when the AF-S 16-35mm f/4 VR came along a couple of years ago, a fair number of people were questioning why a lens that wide needed VR.
As far as I know, that lens is still the only superwide zoom (FX or DX) of any brand that is stabilised. Perhaps it's just too difficult to fit the technology in to that type of lens, whilst keeping it compact and inexpensive.
But the specs are still just rumours, of course - and there is some inconsistency in the latest information (they say the lens will be the smallest FX zoom Nikkor, but the dimensions they quote are greater than those of the recent 24-85mm VR, as well as a few older lenses).
I guess I'm in the camp where I don't feel VR is a necessity in a wide angle lens.
At 18mm on an FX sensor, using the general rule of thumb of 1/focal length for hand held shutter speed you would be at 1/15s for a reasonably sharp photo. drop that down a couple of stops and now you're at 1/4s... unless you're shooting a static object, subject movement comes much more into play before VR helps.
Canon and Sigma don't have one either, and i think there's a reason.
>It's funny, but when the AF-S 16-35mm f/4 VR came along a >couple of years ago, a fair number of people were questioning >why a lens that wide needed VR.
That comes up from time to time. While I've never felt I need VR on that lens, I do find it useful on occasion.
>As far as I know, that lens is still the only superwide zoom >(FX or DX) of any brand that is stabilised. Perhaps it's just >too difficult to fit the technology in to that type of lens, >whilst keeping it compact and inexpensive.
Maybe, although inexpensive 18-xxx DX lenses have it. But the presence of VR in the 16-35 f/4, where a lot of people wouldn't mind if it was missing, is one of the things that makes me think Nikon is committed to putting it in every lens they possibly can going forward.
I have the old version as shown in the pic on Nikonrumors. Compared to Sigma 10-20 on D300, it loses a bit of sharpness deep in the corners, even when stopped down to f16. General sharpness and detail is OK.
If the new lens is sharper in the corners it will warrant a look-see. I am considering an upgrade to 16-36 F4 VR but will wait a bit.
I have used the original AF 18-35/f3.5-4.5D IF-ED lens for nine years and retained it for use on my FM2N when I secured the 16-35/f4.0 ED VR lens for use on my D700 and D800. A new lightweight 18-35 is due so the kind of versatility such a lens offers can be made available for the newest FX bodies. Along with the Sigma 10-20 f4-5.6 HSM lens my wide focal lengths are covered for now.
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